Paintings with nails and bottlecaps
Crab and River
|☬ JAMES HARCOURT ☬||
Reclaiming consciousness with action. Coloured caps have been flattened into the round as if rocks in a river tumbled and worn, become smoothed, rounded. Flattened bottle-caps can be found everywhere, from Arrowtown to Potosi and on every pathway. They are a ubiquitous indicator of the process of convenience. The act of discarding the cap out onto the street where they are then slowly crushed over time by wheels of vehicles and the feet of people, unconsciously creates a small circle of colour far removed from its original purpose and it is then forgotten. The underlying spots of paint at the foundation of the ‘Declaration’ represents facets of the conscious mind. Each of its marks deliberately and individually applied. The foundation is momentarily eclipsed by a layer of caps that collectively represent the unconscious. It is these caps retrieved from byways, highways and carparks that are sandwiched between an outer layer of intention; painted nails that loudly pierce the bottlecap relics to reconnect the probity of the inner layer with the outer. A Conscious shift through the unconscious to return and rejoin with the consciousness.